Who am I and why do I write a blog?

Great question.  The short answer is I’m an opinionated old woman with something to say.  The longer answer is I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

I am a committed Christian – meaning I accept and testify that Jesus Christ is who he said he was – the Son of God, the promised Messiah, and the Savior of the world. He is my savior and yours.

I strive to make His atonement efficacious in my life.   I am a grateful,      life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and try to live its precepts.  I fail, but I keep trying.

“Always Play Fair”

The tagline for this blog isn’t mine.  I stole it from a wise and inspired educator – Mae Carden.  I chose it because I see it’s universal application.  And, like most virtues, it’s easy to preach to our children and difficult to practice ourselves.

The universal application is true of all relationships – relationships with people, relationships with animals, relationships with nature, relationships with things, relationships with governments, relationships with God, and relationships with ourselves.

This principle manifests itself over and over and over again.  The sooner we see it and accept it and abide by it, the less complicated or frustrating or painful our journey becomes.

What I write about here with touch all areas listed above.  They’ll be random posts about my random thoughts and opinions.  I’ll likely go on too long about too little, but in the process I hope to figure out what I think and why.  That mental exercise is good for me.  The effort to articulate  those thoughts is good for me.  And I’m hoping that reading and thinking about what I write here may be of some benefit to you, too.  If not, when I’ve gone on too long and conveyed too little, just ponder these insightful and succinct words from Miss Carden:

 – Cause and effect is fair and inevitable.

– One must “play fair” in all relationships.

– Each one knows when he has not played fair   and must pay the price, even if he won’t    admit it.

– If one fails to play fair, he either tries to fool   himself by justifying the  act or lives with the   misery of regretting the act.

– The price for not playing fair is the loss of   inner peace.

– In order to play fair each person must be    honest with himself — first, last, and always.